Chiropractic is a vitalistic profession.
Like acupuncture, naturopathy, and other natural health professions, we acknowledge and recognize that the living being is profoundly different than inert, lifeless matter.
In chiropractic we have assigned the term Innate Intelligence to describe this phenomena. Like all belief systems, from buddhism to scientific materialism, vitalism is a human construct ultimately describing our perceptions of reality and not reality itself.
It is a model. A frame of reference that guides our actions and produces results.
Whether or not those results are “successful” depends upon whether or not the model is sound. In other word, does it work with the actual outer reality. It also depends upon whether or not a person makes decisions congruent with that belief system, or philosophy. Considering that most people do not consciously evaluate their beliefs or their actions and what motivates them, it is no wonder that the results they see are often not in alignment with what they want or value.
The kicker is that the majority of the world has a vitalistic belief system. It has for all of human history, yet the scientific paradigm and its attendant scientific materialistic beliefs have infiltrated our core political and social agendas.
I’m certainly not suggesting we have no use for science, but we should understand its place and role in directing society. The results of allowing mechanistic choices to dominant our healthcare system are quite clear and resoundingly unsuccessful as a whole. Those same effects can be seen in our social dynamics as well.
We see those effects daily with each new person entering our offices. Many have gone past the limitations of matter and need the skilled help of a mechanistically-minded physician. Most however, simply need a major source of interference removed from the system that controls and operates every function of their bodies along with an awareness of where health comes from and a re-alignment with their unconscious core vitalistic beliefs.
It is not dissimilar from our profession. There are numerous examples of young and old DCs being realigned with their professional roots. I am one such example. Many however, have gone past the limitations of matter. Those same social and political problems have infiltrated the profession of chiropractic. A profession that once, even at the medical extreme, proudly displayed its vitalistic nature. The results are a profession that has become so disjointed, dysfunctional and dis-eased that it now needs mechanistic intervention to chop off the cancerous growths.
Steve Tullius, D.C., ACP
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